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Want a successful business? Donate to Charities

Non profit organisations and charities such as #nolimitshelp work hard to invest in ways to help the community and provide invaluable services to people often in need. By investing in your community, you or your company could give back to the community who potentially keep your business afloat.

By helping a local charity raise funds by volunteering your time, or donating, the list of benefits to you on a personal level and your company is endless.

There can be many ways of measuring success, so “it’s really important to have some clear goals in mind, and make sure those are shared and delivered for both partners”, as well as a clear exit strategy that leaves the charity in a better place.

“Charities sometimes say they find it challenging working with business, so having a good cultural fit between the two organisations is also vital.”

There are tangible advantages to giving back to the community too. For one thing if you give enough, you’ll be able to reduce the tax you pay based on charitable deduction on your income tax.  Information can be found on HM Revenue & Customs website. Why not increase your business profile too? By being affiliated with a charity that helps the local community, more potential customers may become aware of your business. Also it makes your company look good by adopting ‘Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)’.

Although this is usually a term associated with big companies and brands, it’s still important to socially aware and accountable within a local community. Within our current society and austere economical climate, people are becoming disillusioned with corporate fat cats and companies who make huge profits but give nothing back to the communities who helped them thrive. By helping charities, you help yourselves as a business and the community – that’s a win-win situation, surely?

“When companies implement ‘strategic CSR’ they can find there are many benefits, including strengthened corporate and brand reputations and enhanced trust with key stakeholders (customers, employees, regulatory agencies, suppliers, and investors), improved risk management, increased revenues from innovation to identify new business opportunities, and reduced costs from efficiency improvements. “Chris Howells, Forbes

How can you specifically help No Limits?

Businesses are well placed to help No Limits by:

  • organising  a team building event e.g. refurbishing a room,
  • encourage employee volunteering with us
  • donating gifts in kind e.g. food, office furniture, prizes, venues
  • nominating No Limits as your charity of the year giving us publicity and greatly needed funds.
  • developing payroll giving e.g. so a proportion of employees pay goes directly to No Limits in a tax efficient manner
  • offering  a secondment e.g. to support an area of need within No Limits
  • By helping support local charities who help those less fortunate than others, we can strengthen the resolve of our local people, as well increasing awareness of local businesses, which in turn serves the community. By working together we can strive to bring back a sense of unity in our communities.

    We are all part of our society, so we have to take responsibility for it.

    Help others and help yourselves.

    Max Willis

    Marketing & Communications Intern

    No Limits, City

    #Volunteering @nolimitshelp What value volunteers?

    Volunteering Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” Marjorie Moore

    It is my perception that volunteering seems to have become more acceptable and ‘OK’. This was borne out by some research that showed that the United Kingdom is now the 8th most charitable country in the world, according to new figures from the Charities Aid Foundation. We all know that a charity cannot succeed without a strong core of volunteers. I work as a Fundraiser for No Limits (and Promotion, Communications). The range of tasks undertaken by the volunteers (currently around 150) is huge as well as the skills that they have to offer. From receptionist to drop in from mentor to intern, from trustee to befriender. Even more pertinent is the actual financial benefit to our charity. In 2011/2012 we estimate that our then 114 volunteers contributed around 11,967 hours of time worth about £140,000. I was further reminded of our need to value our volunteers by an article written by Lissa Cook Community Sports Trust @Village_Games ‘Managing volunteers: The motivations and the pitfalls’. Lissa identified ten areas that charities need to think about if they want to recruit, keep and motivate their volunteers.

    • Take advantage of selfish motivations
    • Don’t wait for people to volunteer
    • Give everyone specific tasks
    • Cut out the unnecessary red tape
    • Recognise when people want to take on more responsibilities
    • Learn how to deal with bureaucracy
    • Don’t make everyone sit round the committee table
    • Volunteers need managing too
    • Be patient
    • Define your responsibilities

    At No Limits we value our volunteers. Can you help us? You can support No Limits in a variety of ways. If you want to volunteer go to http://nolimitshelp.org.uk/page/volunteering

    #YoungParents Should Read This

    Life is a lottery and where you are born can mean everything…

    The #DuchessofCambridge is in labour and the #RoyalBaby’s birth is imminent. The press are waiting with baited breath, “boy or girl, future king or queen?” What a life awaits this child. No financial concerns will dog its parents, no housing problems or school dinner money worries will keep them awake at night. A life without many of the problems facing parents in the UK today.

    What about young parents? For them life can be tough on myriad levels. For those who lack the vital support of an extended family unit, parenthood can be even harder. Isolation can have a devastating effect on a young parent and create future problems for the children. In addition, young parents often face a barrage of criticism and judgement from the media who continue to stigmatise them in the press. Some may feel left out by their child-free peers who don’t have time for them anymore, as well as facing a future without a formal education – limiting future job prospects. Others slip into a life using drugs and alcohol to combat seclusion.

    The list is endless, but there is hope.

    No Limits run a project for young parents called Bright Beginnings. By working on an individual basis with young people we aim to extend our knowledge and experience of parenthood to those who need a little extra help and support. No Limits encourage young people who are pregnant or who have small children under two to maintain good relationships with people and build strong, positive connections with their children. The Bright Beginnings’ mentors are focused on building parenting confidence, encouraging and teaching the methods that will enable their children to flourish.

    Young people will continue to have babies in the UK despite the customary sex education in schools and the rudimentary knowledge of how tough life can be as a parent. When it does happen though, instead of dismissing and condemning, we should continue to offer ways of improving an outcome which could be potentially disastrous long-term.

    If you are a young parent who needs our help, please visit us at No Limits, 24A Bernard Street, Southampton, SO14 3AY or call 02380236237

    If you would like to volunteer as a Bright Beginnings Mentor, get it touch – No Limits need you! If you would like to provide No Limits with much needed financial support to continue fundamental services then send £3 via TEXT to NLMO1.

    Alone.No Family. No Job.

    Each year No Limits supports hundreds of young people who have no support from family or friends make a new start. Many young people that we see have no job and need support and advice in this area. You can help by volunteering
    Poster 3 May Campaign or sending us a donation at http://www.everyclick.com/nolimitshelp/info

    Looking for work? No Job? See how No Limits has helped: Click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4qWgTl6D7o

    nolimits_blue_green_960x180.jpgVolunteers are an integral and highly valued part of No Limits. Last year we estimate that 115 volunteers contributed around 12,000 hours of their time, worth about £140,000 to No Limits. Without volunteers many of our projects and services would not exist. The number of volunteers needed by No Limits continues to rise. Currently we have aroundf 150 volunteetrs who help in a variety of ways. Would you like to be one of them? For more about volunteering with No Limits go to http://www.nolimitshelp.org.uk/page/volunteering
    No Limits. Helping young people help themselves.

    Shape The Future

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    If you are out of work, looking for experience or hoping to give back, volunteering your time is fast becoming recognised as a great way to improve not only someone else’s life, but your own.  This mutual relationship between charity and volunteer has numerous benefits for both, enriching understanding of aspects of life which may be unfamiliar and alien.

    “Long term volunteering is a form of pro-social behaviour that involves commitment given over an extended period of time”. (Chartered psychologist Ruth Lowry)

    Not only are your job prospects advanced by additional much-needed experience, but your social-conscience and awareness of concerns affecting the local or extended community are increased by working for a charity or organisation that really help people improve their lives.

    1#volunteering makes you more employable

    Volunteers may wish to increase their skill-set, gaining experience within various environments to improve future job prospects. Many companies are influenced by candidates…

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